Israel Independence Day
Analysis Coronavirus and Constitutional Crises Make Independence Day 2020 No Less Depressing Than Memorial Day
Military cemeteries are abandoned and independence festivities canceled as Israelis worry about their personal safety and the country’s well-being
Israel celebrates 72nd Independence Day with pre-recorded torch-lighting ceremony at Mount Herzl without audience due to coronavirus outbreak
Majority of the country is Jewish, according to official figures, and 21 percent is Arab
Virtual events are replacing state and family gatherings during this year’s coronavirus lockdown – here are some of the highlights
With international aid, Israel and Jordan swapped dozens of psychiatric patients soon after the fighting ebbed
Thought dead in one war, only to die in another, Mordechai Meltzer is remembered by a nephew who ‘saw him as God’
Memorial Day was ushered in Monday evening to honor those killed in the defense of the country, and will continue until Tuesday evening, when Independence Day begins
A nation which has gone from hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, to Netanyahu’s all-purpose credo: This is the best you can hope for – expect nothing
Opinion Israel’s Government Only Relates to Diaspora Jews Who Marvel at the Jewish State’s Utter Perfection
This Independence Day, Israel’s honoring a sycophantic pro-government cheerleader who pushes obedience for wives — and for Diaspora Jews
Kathmandu's female ‘shaliach’ withdraws participation in torch-lighting event after rabbinical court’s firm opposition
Instead, four training planes will fly over hospitals in salute to medical teams
He was sent to British Palestine to help put down the 1936 Arab Revolt, later taken prisoner by the Nazis, and then fought for Israel, fearing 'another Belsen'
A municipality official at a Tel Aviv suburb fired after prohibiting a girl from performing as many Orthodox Jews believe religious law prohibits men from listening to women sing
The drafts were written by Jerusalem lawyer Mordechai Beham in 1948 and put up for auction by his sons - starting at a quarter million dollars. Court says they're state property
'The IDF is one of the state's most important values,' a mother explains why she brought her family to shoot a sniper's rifle at the Armored Corps museum. But a frustrated soldier admits: 'I have no idea why they’re doing it'
Outgoing education minister, whose party didn't make it into new Knesset, gave a final speech at official event marking the end of Independence Day celebrations
Marie Nachmias escaped the German invasion of Tunisia and had nearly 100 biological descendants, but it's the dozens of foster children she took in that earned her the honor of lighting an Independence Day torch
The village of Khubbayza was destroyed in the 1948 war and remains unpopulated. This is the 22nd year that a 'march of return' is held on Israel's Independence Day
Writing to his lifelong friend, Shlomo Lavi, Israel's first prime minister describes the malaria swamps he found upon arrival: 'Although our sons are fighting on the frontlines, our heart is happy at the sight of great progress'
Israeli President Rivlin calls to 'heal the fissures and mend the cracks between tribe and tribe and between man and man'
The clear and present danger isn’t from Iran or Palestinians but rather, as Walt Kelly noted: 'I have met the enemy, and he is us'
Despite Angela Merkel’s commitment to recognizing Germany’s post-Holocaust debt to the Jewish people, engaging ordinary Germans with the reality and complexity of Israel is a losing battle to ignorance, and hostility
Pictures from a private collection offer a glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary people in an extraordinary time